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Rate "7 Faces of Doctor Lao (1964)"
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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:53 pm 
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7 Faces of Doctor Lao (1964)

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Original Release Date: March 18, 1964
Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, John Ericson, Noah Beery Jr.
Writer(s): Charles Beaumont {Based on a Novel by Charles G. Finney}
Director: George Pal

Bolt the doors! Lock the windows! Dr. Lao's coming to town! Which face will the wily doctor reveal to you?



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I'm not terribly crazy about this movie, but Tony Randall is a delight, the stop-motion animation is a treat, and Barbara Eden is a guilty pleasure.

But as a die-hard George Pal fan I do appreciate the effort.

And just so this post won't seem too short, here's the proverbial "picture that's worth a thousand words".

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Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:55 pm 
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I've always been very attached to it. I have mixed feelings about the heavy-handed "Fall of the City" part and the scene with Lee Patrick and Apollonius (which gets pretty depressing), but those are almost my only problems with it.

Even though they're upstaged by Tony Randall (obviously), Barbara Eden and John Ericson make a great example of a "cute couple." And of course Ericson does get his big moment in the "Pan" scene.


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The fall of the city sequence is tough for me to enjoy because it takes a few of the stars from The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, dresses them in period costumes, and splices in shots of them reacting to scenes of an earthquake and a volcano which were borrowed from Atlantis: the Lost Continent . . . except for the scenes that Atlantis borrowed from When Worlds Collide.

In other words, this is George Pal doing what Roger Corman did so often. It's hard to suspend your disbelief when part of your brain is dutifully identifying where all the borrowed footage came from. :roll:

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